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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: June 16, 2013 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Are we called to be doormats? To be stepped on? To be abused? Does the Lord our God not love us? Why then are we made in His image? Why then give us dignity?

In reality we Christians have a higher calling, that is to avoid evil and any occasion of it. We do not answer evil with evil for evil begets evil. Hence revenge and retaliation only brings us more pain and grief, for we open the floodgates of sin. Justify our actions often enough and we fall into a deeper trap, even the slightest of provocation brings about wrath! Our Lord Jesus does not want to suffer let alone in vain. If we are constantly being abused then we need to seek help and find all means to avoid contact with those that assail us.

We should offer up our suffering and the indignities done against us to God our loving Father and He will give us the grace to forgive and the strength and peace to overcome our hurts and pains. In His great love for us Jesus suffered indignities, torture and unimaginable pain. By bearing our cross for Him, we are able to drink from His chalice, and taste the sweet nectar of true love.

By relinquishing our hold on worldly desires and goods, we are free to be true disciples of Christ. To set the downtrodden free, to share the good news of salvation, to tend to the poor and the sick and to answer His call.

GOSPEL Matthew 5:38–42

Jesus said to his disciples:“You have heard that it was said,An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one to him as well. If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic, hand him your cloak as well. Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go with him for two miles. Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.”